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Re: noise from hard disk
You need to do a full backup of everything on that hard drive.
Once you've done that, depending on the drive manufacturer, go to their website and find the support section. Most common drives today have diagnostic software that you can download and test the drive for error.
If you want to run a quick test within your operating system, (I'm assuming it's Windows) Click on My Computer
Right click on the drive that's making the noise possible C:\ Local Disk
Go down to Properties and click
Go to tools tab
Click on Check Now in the Error Checking section
Click on both check boxes to repair and recover bad sectors.
If this finds no problems, then it maybe that the drive is just getting old, either case, you're best off to check for errors, and go to the manufacturer's site for additional help.
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I doubt you will be able to do it , the hard disk inside it got damaged. But you have nothing to lose trying: take out the hard disk and install it directly in an desktop - if it's still working then it will appear in Computer - open and copy your files from there.
Most people today with careers on the go have a laptop. With this mobility comes great sacrifice and that's because of the risk of hard disk failure thorough dropping or mishandling. When this happens the only thing on their minds is if they'll ever see their data again. This wouldn't be such a crisis if they recently made a backup but then again how many do. So if your laptop has broken or stopped working then here is what you can do to retrieve the data yourself.<br />
<u>We're going to assume that the hard drive survived and is still functional.</u><br />
First of all you're going to need to dismantle the laptop to remove the hard drive. As there are so many different types of laptops out there I can't give you a universal way to dismantle it, if you want the dismantling instructions just type <b>How to dismantle Your laptops model name here laptop</b> for example into Google or Yahoo!<br />
We want to be able to access the data on the hard drive so you'll need a IDE to USB cable (for older drives) or a SATA to USB cable (for newer drives). This all depends of which connector your laptop's drive has. You'll need a 12 volt source for the hard disk which can be obtained from a molex power cable in the PC.<br />
Plug the power from your power supply to the required power connector on the drive (normally a molex connector or newer thin power connecor on more recent power supplies that use SATA technology) and then plug the data cable USB into one of your free USB ports and boot up the PC.<br />
Look around in my computer and you should see the laptop hard disk listed, it should be seen as an external hard disk just like a flash drive when you plug it in. <br />
Copy over all the files and information that you want recovered to the desktop. Depending on the situation, you may want to format the hard disk, re-install the OS, and then re-use the hard disk.<br />
When you purchase a new laptop you can then copy the recovered data onto it and there you have it just like before. Remember to make regular back-ups of important files in the future as the hard drive may not always be working if the laptop fails.<br />
<b><u>This is what a IDE drive looks like, notice the many pins in the IDE connection.</u></b><br />
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<b><u>This is what a SATA drive looks like notice the large L shaped data connection and the smaller L shaped power connection.</u></b><br /><img src="slasher_x_52.jpg" />
Drive noises are typically a common and needed noise. Most run via magnetic (voice coil) technology and that is noisy. Slow play back may be related to connection, usually you need stuff on your harddrive (C:\) to avoid access delays.
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It is never a good sign when hard disks start to make notice. It means that your drive is starting to fail. Although there are variations, most drives are completely silent when they're running. The tipoff is either a new noise are an intermittent noise. If the drive has always made a slight clicking noise when accessing data, that's probably nothing to worry about. If it just started clicking, or if it only clicks occasionally, this means something has changed. Change in a hard drive is a Bad Thing. Grinding or squealing noise is definitely a bad sign and usually means the drive is on its last legs. There are two ways to protect yourself against a failing drive; the first is to create a backup image of the disk and the other is to move all everything from the failing disk to a replacement drive. Also, make sure you have an up-to-date rescue disk so you can boot your computer even with a failed primary hard drive (the one with the operating system on it). Creating an image won't stop the disk from failing, but it will give you a starting point from a known, good configuration if the disk fails. Cloning the disk to a new drive not only moves everything off the damaged drive, but it moves it in total so that you can start working on the new drive immediately. If you suspect a drive is going flaky, it is relatively easy to cone your disk. Please see Drive to drive: Bring in the Clones for step-by-stepinstructions on duplicating your disk. Using your image file, you can also deploy a new drive by restoring that image onto the new drive. Acronis True Image provides necessary tools to create and deploy a new drive. The good news about discovering a potential hard drive failure today is that hard drives are inexpensive these days and installing a new one is easy. Many retailers and web sites sell high-capacity hard drives, up to 200 Gb, for $100 or less. If your drive shows signs of failing, replace it immediately, your data is far more important than the price of the disk drive. Rate this!!
Laptop hard drives can be a bit louder than the new desktops and
because you're closer may be more noticable. The sound from that
youtube is about normal - this video is the sound of the heads crashing
- mechanical drive failure.
Just to be safe - BACKUP your important data and if you don't have the install disks, make a set.
Sounds like a hardware problem. And since your computer is failing like that, my guess is it is the hard drive making that noise. You need to isolate the location of that noise. If it is coming from the hard drive I suggest you back up your data *immediately* using some kind of CDROM based disk imaging software where you can boot to the cd (so you use the hard drive as little as possible). One such program is Image For Linux (http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/image-for-linux.htm)